• 31
    Jul

The Last Battle of the Civil War Was not in Texas; The Confederate Flag as a Collectible

It was a month after Confederate Lieutenant General Robert E. Lee surrendered to U.S. General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Courthouse in Virginia that the last official battle with casualties was fought at the Battle of Palmito Ranch near Brownsville, Texas, in May 1865. Or was it? The last battle with casualties may actually have […]

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  • 27
    Jul

Art Glass Lamps — A Century of Elegant Lighting

A century ago, people who wanted to buy fine American-made electric lighting fixtures were presented with a bewildering array of choices. The premier company to was Tiffany Studios, with a showroom at the corner of Madison Avenue and 45th Street in New York City and workshops in Corona, N.Y. From 1893, when Louis Comfort Tiffany […]

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  • 26
    Jul

Dining with Antiques – Pierced Sterling Serving Pieces

Wealthy Victorians had a formal, unique serving utensil for almost every kind of food—oysters, asparagus, bone marrow, crackers, fruit preserves, horseradish, olives—you name it. Today, in our fast-paced world, we puzzle over many of these decorative (and extraneous) items when we find them in upscale antique stores. There was a time, believe it or not, […]

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  • 25
    Jul

Creative Solutions to Furniture Problems: Use What’s Available

In a fit of Spring cleaning, never mind what time of year it was, my wife decided to clean out her old cedar chest. When she got the chest emptied she realized that it didn’t smell like cedar anymore. This was not some cheap import chest with a fake aroma. This was solid cedar chest, […]

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  • 23
    Jul

Early American Advertising Collecting Offers Something for Everyone

During the past 50-plus years, Early American advertising has become quite collectable. The diverse variety of items in this field is nearly endless, making early advertising an area that truly has something for everyone. The appeal increases steadily as new and innovative promotions are added to the market place. This field of collecting has a […]

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  • 22
    Jul

Collecting Political and Low-Number License Plates

Ever since the days of early motor vehicle registration there has always been fierce competition among drivers to obtain a low-number license plate. In many states, to many motorists, bearing a low-number plate has an instant connotation of status, power, wealth and even political connections. While there are some states where this phenomenon is more […]

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  • 21
    Jul

Welcome To WorthPoint!

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  • 20
    Jul

What to do When You have to Sell Uncle Fred’s Militaria Collection

Chances are you or someone you know will have an opportunity to sell a military collectible at some time in your life. A bold statement? Not really. Consider: collecting militaria is a hobby dominated largely by the Baby Boomer generation and older. In fact, according to U.S. News & World Report, it is the eighth […]

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  • 19
    Jul

The Stick Chair – Introduction to the Windsor

One type of chair that everyone is familiar with is the ever present Windsor chair. But why are there so many of them and what is the basis for America’s love affair with that type chair? The word “Windsor” is usually capitalized in deference to the supposed point of origin of this style chair: the […]

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  • 17
    Jul

News on the Wire: Glass Telegraph Insulators Offer Collectible Cash

Something you see for sale at almost any flea market or tag sale are antique telegraph insulators. These are the heavy glass fittings found at the top of telephone poles, about the size of a softball, that hold and insulate electric wires from the wooden pole. They were manufactured by the hundreds of thousands, most […]

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